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Finally our car…

Friday I started the day we another run through Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Although the sun was shining with 5 degrees Celsius it was pretty cold outside. In the afternoon I did some household things like cleaning the kitchen cabinets so the look prettier and some rearranging in our condo.

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Around 4:15 pm I took the subway from Eglinton Station to St. Patrick Station to pick up Sabrina from her work. We decided to grab something to eat in downtown Toronto. Because the weather was still nice we first walked around and this was for me the first time to come so close to the CN Tower. Just for your information this is what Wikipedia says:

“The CN Tower is a 553.33 m-high (1,815.4 ft) concrete communications and observation tower in Dowtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Built on the former Railway Lands, it was completed in 1976, becoming the world’s tallest free-standing structure and world’s tallest tower at the time. It held both records for 34 years until the completion of Burj Khalifa and Canton Tower in 2010. It remains the tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere, a signature icon of Toronto’s skyline, and a symbol of Canada, attracting more than two million international visitors annually.”

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We walked around in this area and as we walked around looking at the beautiful Lake Ontario (one of the five Great Lakes of North America) we ended up for dinner at Amsterdam’s Brewhouse, which is a lakeside brewery with lots of different beers. We got a nice table on the first floor and both ordered a delicious burger and of course beer! Tis restaurant is really good and I definitely need to come back to this place with Sander.

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After dinner we walked back to the subway station and decided to walk a little bit through downtown. Toronto by night is very beautiful but with an iPhone difficult to make good pictures, but we will definitely come back here with our camera to take pictures of Toronto by night. We walked through the entertainment district with its theaters and lots of bars and restaurants. From Osgoode Stations we took the subway bank to Eglinton Stations where both of our condos are.

On Saturday Sander was arriving from Germany. His plane landed at 12:30 pm at Toronto Pearson International Airport and 1,5 hours later he was home. Quickly he took a shower and not much later Sabrina took us to the Dealership in Richmond Hill to pick up our car. there everything took longer as expected, but to make a long story short. We drove away with off course our Chevrolet Equinox and an extra $100 dollar gift card for gas.

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On our way to the Dealership we saw that not far from here there was an All Star Wings & Ribs restaurant, so we decided to get dinner there together and again it was delicious. We ordered 50 Wings with 3 different flavours: Pandora’s Box, Creole BBQ and Caesar Does Texas and in the meanwhile we watched an ice hockey game on the TV in our booth.

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After dinner we drove home and drank something at our condo, after which it was time to go to bed and after being awake for so lang Sander was really tired.

On Sunday we decided to make it more of a lazy Sunday, which afterwards was not that lazy after all. Last week I received a phone call from Crate & Barrel that our X-Base Bench-Vanity Stool had arrived at the Yorkdale locations and that we could come and pick it up. So at around 11:00 am we arrived at the Yorkdale Mall, we walked a bit around and picked up our Stool there. Next we decided to do some more furniture shopping and we went to Structube, because I saw some nice dining tables on their website which were also extendable. But as we saw them in the store, they were not that great so we drove further to the Blue Box in North York. It was extremely busy there and we walked through the store only watching the stuff we were really looking for, grabbed everything from the warehouse, went through the express checkout and left this crazy place as soon as possible with a Kallax shelving unit and a Bjursta dining table. Both in a black-brown color. The rest of the day we spent at our condo, Sander building the furniture together and I did some other stuff in our condo. In the evening we went out for dinner to Spring Rolls, a sushi restaurant only one block away from our place.

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Container arrival day and more…

On Saturday after we bought our car Sander was flying to Germany for a one-week business trip. So like I already wrote in my last blog post, I have the remote control all for myself this week. So on Saturday evening a watched a movie and some TV series on Netflix.

On Sunday the weather was great so I decide to go for a walk. So after I bought a Salted Caramel Mocha at the Starbucks in our building on Yonge Street and Mount Pleasant Road and made pictures from our building seem from different sides. The Sunday was more of lazy Sunday, with doing some laundry, watching TV and in the evening I walked together with Sabrina up north on Yonge Street and I have to say that it is already getting pretty cold here in Toronto, we already need our winter jackets.

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On Monday I was preparing for our container to come on Tuesday, so I put everything in our condo on the side so that the movers can work quickly. In the evening I went together with Sabrina to Spring Roll for all-you-can-eat sushi. The restaurant is only one block away from our building and the food is really good and also the cocktails.

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Tuesday morning at 9:00 am I got a call from the front desk, that the container arrived and not much later the movers were already moving in boxes. It all went very quickly because after 1,5 hours the were already done and I could starting unpacking the boxes and find a place for al our stuff. I started with the kitchen stuff and after that our clothes. Funny thing is that with some items you really think “I did not even know we brought that with us”. But I have to say that it is pretty cool to have our own stuff back after almost 6 weeks and that we can now eat from normal plates and have normal cups to drink tea. Finally no plastic cups anymore.

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Because Sander is on his business trip right know, he does not have to worry about unpacking al of the 61 boxes. I hope I have everything ready by Saturday, because on Saturday he will be back from his business trip.

On Wednesday I started the day with a run through Mount Pleasant Cemetery. I now took the other side of the cemetery, which is more flat than the Yonge Street side (lucky me). It really felt good to run although with 5 degrees Celsius it was not that warm.

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After I came back at our condo I continued the unpacking and organising and in the afternoon I decided to back some cupcakes. I found an american recipe for vanilla cupcakes online and got the ingredients at the supermarket across the street. Normally in Europe all the recipes for cupcakes are for 12 cupcakes, but after I made the dough I discovered this was dough for a little more than 12 cupcakes (more like 24 cupcakes). Off course I used my Kitchenaid to make the dough and the frosting and after 20 minutes in the oven my first cupcakes made in Canada were there.

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For dinner Sabrina and I went to The KEG Steakhouse, which is also in our building next to Starbucks. Because both of our husbands are in Germany we thought we deserved a good steak. We both ordered the Sirloin Steak 8 oz with roasted garlic mashed potatoes and a local beer. It was delicious and we really enjoyed this restaurant. For dessert we went to our condo for some cupcakes, but not before we picked Suzy up from Sabrina’s condo.

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On Thursday morning I let Suzy do what she is good at and did some more laundry, because all the clothing that went in the container really smells like… I do not know what it smells like but it is not nice. Almost everything is unpacked now (only some electronic stuff which is really more Sander’s department needs to be unpacked) and only one wineglass broke on the way from Altdorf to Toronto, so that is not bad.

Because the weather was so nice today I went for a walk all the way east on Eglinton Ave where I ended up at HomeSense which is a home decorating store. In total a walk from almost 8 kilometres. But it was really nice with this weather. And because I am really in love with the view from our condo, here another picture :-)

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On Saturday Sander is coming back from his business trip and then we can also pick up our car in Richmond Hill and I am really looking forward to that. See you on the next blog post…

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Canada Thanksgiving and cars…

Last weekend we had a longer weekend because on Monday it was Canada Thanksgiving . After Sander registered us with Netflix the day before we spent most of the day relaxing and watching films and TV series on Netflix. We started to watch the first season of Homeland, which is a really great series.

In the evening we were invited at Martin and Sabrina’s place for Thanksgiving dinner and as we arrived at their condo it was smelling delicious and a little later we were enjoying a great Thanksgiving dinner with off course a Thanksgiving turkey.

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On Tuesday I went for my first run here and it was not that easy after 2 months of no training and it was also more an exploring-run because it is off course a whole new area an I am going to search for the best roads to run. I planned to go to the Mount Pleasant Cemetery because that is where a lot of people go for running and biking. But only getting here is 2 kilometers and there you have 19 kilometer of drives along rolling hills and ponds. Because it was my first run since a long time I just ran 2,25 km and after that I walked around and back to our condo.

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This week Sander and I started on car-shopping, because we are still driving a rental car. On Tuesday evening Sander picked me up at the Yorkdale Mall and from the we visited a Ford dealership in Yorkdale because Sander really liked the Ford Edge. But we were not impressed of the saleswomen here and they also did not have a really good deal. So we got some information and left. We decided to visit some more dealerships this week, maybe also from some other brands. To be continued…

Last weekend we ordered a Kitchenaid standing mixer. Since last year I really enjoy backing (cakes and cupcakes) and I am planning on learning more about backing and cooking as long as we are here, so a machine like this really comes in handy. And on Tuesday it finally arrived and on Wednesday I was going to look for some more equipment (because all my kitchen equipment is still on its way to Canada in the container) and the ingredients to bake my first pie here in Toronto and I decided it was going to be a Pumpkin Pie, a pie typically for this time of the year. So I got everything I needed and I started and 1,5 hour later my first “made in Canada” pie was ready. And although I do not like pumpkin pie, it tasted good and Sander thought it tasted good to and he loves pumpkin pie. And also, the most important thing, my Kitchenaid works great and the oven in our condo also. So I can’t wait for our container to arrive with all my kitchen stuff.

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On Thursday it was going to be another day of car-shopping and today we were going to visit a Chevrolet dealership in Richmond Hill because we were interested in the Chevrolet Equinox and/or the GMC Terrain. A very nice salesman gave us really good advice and showed us both cars. We saw an interesting used car on the website of this dealership, but unfortunately did not arrive at the dealership yet so we needed to come back for this car to look at it. We also visited another dealership in this area to see the Ford Edge and the Ford Escape for us, with it was just not working for us.

Today we went back to the Chevrolet dealership to look at the car, a Chevrolet Equinox 2014, grey colored and we also made a test drive. After some negotiating (most of you now that Sander really likes negotiating) we got ourselves a really good deal on this car and we planned to pick it up next Saturday. In the meantime we have to organise some important thing before we actually can pick up the car next week. First we went to our bank to get a bank draft for the amount we’re buying the car for and after that Sander called with the insurance company to get an insurance for our car, which was not as easy as it looked like, but it all turned out OK after calling again to this company and speaking with somebody who actually had a clue what she was talking about. Not much later we received the confirmation of the insurance per email and we’re good to go and nothing stands in our way of picking up our car next week.

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Today is also the Sander is traveling to Germany on business. His flight is this evening, which means I have the condo, including the remote control of the TV, all for myself…

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